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Sydney
By katherinegriffiths
18 May 2016

Paddington Reservoir, Sydney - 18th May 2016. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016. KITX showcases their first fashion collection at Paddington Reservoir Gardens.

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Sydney
By katherinegriffiths
18 May 2016

Paddington Reservoir, Sydney - 18th May 2016. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016. KITX showcases their first fashion collection at Paddington Reservoir Gardens.

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Sydney
By katherinegriffiths
18 May 2016

Paddington Reservoir, Sydney - 18th May 2016. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016. KITX showcases their first fashion collection at Paddington Reservoir Gardens.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 16
Brazzaville
By Patrick
04 Apr 2015

DRC contestants Soudi Fatou (left) and Thethe Ntumba talk backstage between acts.

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Brazzaville
By Patrick
04 Apr 2015

Stella gets her make up done for the “native” part of the event, where music from all 5 countries is played.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 18
Brazzaville
By Patrick
04 Apr 2015

One of the many wardrobe changes that take place during the event.

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Brazzaville
By Patrick
04 Apr 2015

The view from backstage as participants in Miss Mama Kilo 2015 enter the stage.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 20
Brazzaville
By Patrick
04 Apr 2015

The "native" performance is the last act contestants have to perform alone in front judges and a packed crowd.

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Brazzaville
By Patrick
04 Apr 2015

Soudi Fatou dances during the native performance. This year's jury came from Mali, Ivory Coast and Benin.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 22
Brazzaville
By Patrick
04 Apr 2015

Nelly Okombi, from Republic of Congo, won the 7th edition of Miss Mama Kilo. As the new Miss Mama Kilo, she gets a weekend trip to Paris offered by one of the sponsors. This is Congo's third crown in seven years, but all of the contestants received cash prizes regardless of the their result.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 10
Brazzaville
By Patrick
03 Apr 2015

Preparations continue until the day of the event at the Olympic Palace Hotel.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 11
Brazzaville
By Patrick
03 Apr 2015

The event starts at 19H00, however contestants arrive early in the morning to get their hair and make up done.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 12
Brazzaville
By Patrick
03 Apr 2015

Two contestants help each other prepare their hair in the backstage area of Miss Mama Kilo 2015.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 13
Brazzaville
By Patrick
03 Apr 2015

Make up artists work all night on the day of Miss Mama Kilo. The event has 6 wardrobe changes, and contestants' makeup has to match each style.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 14
Brazzaville
By Patrick
03 Apr 2015

Stella waits with the other contestants in anticipation, just moments before going on stage.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 15
Brazzaville
By Patrick
03 Apr 2015

All 18 contestants carry their countries' flags. Republic of Congo was the most represented with five contestants.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 23
Brazzaville
By Patrick
03 Apr 2015

Nelly Okombi from Congo took home the title of Miss Mama Kilo 2015.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 07
Brazzaville
By Patrick
02 Apr 2015

The last rehearsal takes place at the Olympic Palace Hotel the day before the ceremony.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 08
Brazzaville
By Patrick
02 Apr 2015

Magalie Opangot from Republic of Congo (left) and Jenny Elongo from Central African Republic share a moment together during rehearsal. It´s the third time they participate side by side in Miss Mama Kilo.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 09
Brazzaville
By Patrick
02 Apr 2015

Rosine surveys the runway during the last rehearsal at the Continental Palace Hotel. She directs contestants with a firm hand at all times.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 05
Brazzaville
By Patrick
01 Apr 2015

Stella Amoussou, from Porto Novo, Benin, runs a little cosmetic shop in Brazzaville with her family.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 06
Brazzaville
By Patrick
01 Apr 2015

Julie Mangono, a comedian from Kinshasa, and Stella are close. Miss Mama Kilo has a friendly atmosphere where contestants always help each other out.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 01
Brazzaville
By Patrick
26 Mar 2015

This year´s edition drew contestants from five countries: Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Benin and the Central African Republic.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 04
Brazzaville
By Patrick
26 Mar 2015

Stella Amoussou is from Porto Novo, Benin. She moved to Brazzaville 15 years ago. Rosine approached her in the street and asked her to be part of this year´s Miss Mama Kilo.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 02
Brazzaville
By Patrick
25 Mar 2015

Contestants rehearse twice a week at Rosine´s restaurant in Brazzaville.

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Miss Mama Kilo 2015 03
Brazzaville
By Patrick
25 Mar 2015

Rehearsals become an attraction in the neighbourhood.

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Venezuela's Beauty Factory
Caracas, Venezuela
By Patrick
08 Jan 2015

There is a saying among Venezuelans: “Venezuela’s main exports are petrol and beautiful women.” Known primarily for its natural wonders, its ex-president Hugo Chavez and its crime rates, Venezuela is a country where beauty is taken to the next level. Miss Venezuela transcends any other national beauty contest and over the decades it has become a trademark for the country, transforming a TV show into a national pride seen by millions of people.

Families around the country gather in front of the screen to watch the show. In a place where people have found in satellite TV a way to avoid state-controlled media, this beauty pageants is the most seen show of the year with an audience’s share never below 60%. The day after the pageant, the new ‘queen’ is all over the newspapers, and the results creates a debate worthy of a presidential campaign. Venezuelans elect their queen, which symbolizes more than a woman. She becomes an icon, a symbol of beauty and nationhood.

For many women, modeling offers a chance to leave one of most dangerous countries in the world - where unemployment and a strict currency control make it difficult to look for opportunities abroad. According to the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, 24.980 people were killed in 2014 – ex-Miss Venezuela Monica Spear was among those victims. With constant class tension and when and bloody confrontation is part of daily life, the election of a Venezuelan “goddess” is a rare source of common ground in the society.

"I've been modeling since I was 5," said Josbey Arcia. "I believe this industry pushes you to your limits. You need to have personality. Being a model is fantastic, being on a catwalk while people look at you, knowing that some girls hope to be you some day. It's incredible."

Venezuela holds the record for the most “Miss Universe” titles in the world (7) and is Guinness World Record holder for winning two years in a row (2008, 2009). Gabriela Isler, Miss Venezuela 2013 and current Miss Universe, will pass the crown next January 25th in Miami.

Migbelis Lynette, a 19-year-old from Cabimas will represent Venezuela in the most important beauty pageant of the year. However, Venezuelans do not choose the most natural girl. The country is a paradise for plastic surgery in terms of price and quality. 35,000 to 40,000 breast enlargements take place every year, and Miss Venezuela contestants are no exception.

Advertisements can be found everywhere, acting as a reminder that you can always look better. Women are aware of the influence of commercial media, but that does not diminish a perpetual competition of the prettiest. The definition of beauty gets lost between scalpel and silicone, and perfection is the ultimate goal.

These beauty queens have set a standard that many young girls hope to achieve one day. Modeling school becomes another extracurricular activity, just like ballet or theatre, making experience crucial to success in the business.

Five-year-old girls learn how to walk with heeled shoes and learn basic modeling movements and photo-shoot skills, so that when they reach fifteen they are ready for the big catwalks.

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ELLE Fashion Week_013
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
12 Oct 2014

A Thai man looks for a seat before a show during 'Elle Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014'.

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ELLE Fashion Week_012
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
12 Oct 2014

A Thai man looks for a seat before a show during 'Elle Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014'.

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ELLE Fashion Week_011
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
12 Oct 2014

A Thai woman looks for a seat before a show during 'Elle Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014'.

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ELLE Fashion Week_010
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
12 Oct 2014

Papers with star shape have been thrown to the catwalk during a show.

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ELLE Fashion Week_001
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
12 Oct 2014

A Thai woman plays with her phone during a break between runways.

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ELLE Fashion Week_002
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
12 Oct 2014

A Thai man waits for the next show during 'Elle Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014'. The biggest fashion show in Thailand is also an opportunity for Thai high-society to show their finest.

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ELLE Fashion Week_003
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
12 Oct 2014

Thai young take a break between shows during 'Elle Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014'.

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ELLE Fashion Week_004
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
12 Oct 2014

Thai young relax after a show. 'Elle Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014' is the biggest fashion show in Thailand.

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ELLE Fashion Week_005
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
12 Oct 2014

A Thai woman poses for a picture during during 'Elle Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014'. Cameras will keep rolling after every runway to show the style of the attendants to the event.

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ELLE Fashion Week_006
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
12 Oct 2014

Dozens of roses are been thrown to the catwalk after a runway to show gratitude to the designer.

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ELLE Fashion Week_007
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
12 Oct 2014

A Thai man leaves catwalk area after a show.

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ELLE Fashion Week_008
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
12 Oct 2014

A Thai man leaves catwalk area after a show during 'Elle Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014'.

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ELLE Fashion Week_009
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
12 Oct 2014

Attendants to 'Elle Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014' leave catwalk area after a runway.